The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.

Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.




Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Hand in Hand wins Calouste Gulbenkian Prize 15-08-2007

Hand in Hand, the Jewish-Arab school network, has won the inaugural Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize, worth €100,000. Read more here, and the latest newsletter from Hand in Hand here.

ECiF: First issue in new publication series 03-08-2007

The foundation is pleased to announce the first issue in a new series of publications, Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF), a collaboration with The Open University. This issue, entitled Attachment Relationships: Quality of care for young children deals with attachment theory and research.

My Living Positively Handbook published 23-07-2007

My Living Positively Handbook, the fruits of a collaboration between the foundation and Duke University's Centre for Documentary Studies, is now available in English, Xhosa and Zulu from the Children's Rights Centre website (follow the "publications" link). The handbook gives young children age-appropriate advice on living with HIV. This press release (pdf) gives background information on how Sarah Leeper's time as a Hine Fellow led to the creation of the handbook.

Annual Report now available 20-07-2007

The foundation's latest annual report, covering 2006, is now available. It features an essay on the foundation's two key advocacy messages for the issue area Successful transitions.

JLICA symposium on children and HIV/AIDS 20-07-2007

On September 24, leaders in science, policymaking, advocacy and implementation will convene at Harvard Medical School for a one-day international symposium to explore new directions in the global response to HIV/AIDS and children, organised by the foundation-funded Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS (JLICA).

Child rights and child participation reports 28-06-2007

These two recent reports from our Indian partner organisation CHETNA are likely to be of wider interest: on a pilot programme in ten villages on promoting child participation, and on a capacity-building workshop on child rights (both files pdf).

Bringing politics into the nursery 18-06-2007

"Bringing politics into the nursery: Early childhood education as a democratic practice" is the latest working paper from the foundation. Author Peter Moss argues that institutions providing early childhood care and education can become forums for democratic political practice.

Child-friendly police and child rights from CHETNA 15-06-2007

We are pleased to make available some materials from our partner CHETNA, which others may find useful. This child-friendly police brochure (pdf) is aimed at sensitising police to dealing with children. CHETNA's child rights booklet comes in eight parts (all pdf) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - an accessible introduction to the concept of child rights, aimed at an Indian audience but dealing with globally relevant issues.

"Stereotypes started to fall down" 13-06-2007

"When I joined the training program last year, I perceived myself as an open minded and liberal person, free from prejudice and stereotypes..."; This story from the Venezia Institute, which runs the Educators in a Multi-Cultural Society project for the foundation, comes from a kindergarten teacher who participated in a training program. Read more

Latest news from Eurochips 12-06-2007

Now online - the June 2007 news from Eurochips, the foundation-funded, Europe-wide network for children of imprisoned parents.

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